The Executive Director, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) Akinbade Oluwafemi has warned Nigerians to stop consuming transfats acid as it may lead to health complications.
He made the disclosure while briefing Journalist at a press briefing to mark the World Food Day Celebration in Abuja.
Akinbade said efforts have been put in place by the collation to ensure that there is a regulation to control the use of transfats in Nigeria .
” We are really concerned about the issue of transfat elimination. We are also concerned about eliminating hunger and malnutrition in the country.We want the Nigeria government to do the needful and ensure that we have appropriate effective legislation regulation for transfat in Nigeria.”
The Project Director for Transfat Acid Network for Health Equity and Development, Dr Jerome Mafen said industrially produced transfats are bad for human consumption because they interfere with natural metabolics processes.
“When an individual consumes food that contains trasnsfatty acids they are at risk of having heart attack. The individual may be prone to obesity or any kind of inflammatory problems in the body, and can even lead to cancer.”
He added that it is very important for the world to pay attention to those food and reduce the consumption of such foods.
“We need to promote best practices amd replace bad oil, promote policy and legislation, carry out assesment and increase awareness. We will ensure that regulation policy are actually enforced.”
The Nigeria Coordinator Global Encounter Advocacy Joy Amaka explained that research have shown that consuming transfat acids can increase the rate of heart diseases.
“One of the surest way to eliminate industrial produced transfat is to reduce its consumption.This is an important task for policy and decision makers around the world and in Nigeria. We need to ensure that Nigeria government saves lives of billions of its citizens “.